Supplies in danger

Sunday, August 31, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla.--Providers of ostomy and urological supplies in Florida should keep their eyes peeled for a possible plan to competitively bid those items.

Florida Medicaid, the Agency for Health Care Administration, included some language in a July administrative newsletter that put Raul Lopez, president of the Florida Association of Medical Equipment Services (FAMES), on alert.

“They were reinforcing the statute that would allow them to do it,” said Lopez. “That usually means something’s coming down the pike.”

It’s not the first time the items have been up for bid. In December 2005, the state issued a request for proposal that would have awarded a contract to a sole provider at 80% of current reimbursement levels.

FAMES filed several protests with the state and the proposal was dropped. Lopez promises that the association will fight a similar effort this time around.